This is for my daily-driver pc. This is where I spend most of my casual PC time - forums, You-tube, music discovery search etc. and a lot of music listening. Yes, I have a couple pairs of headphones and though I am happy with them, and learning to appreciate them more, the more I use them, I tend to prefer speakers or, at least speakers as my primary option with headphones for when I am in the mood. I should also mention that this PC Desktop setup is not my main listening setup. I just spend more time here. I have a full-size setup in my rec-room with Klipsch towers, 12” subs etc. etc., which is what complicates things for me, as I tend to want to emulate that sound at my PC desktop.
PC desktop setup as exist today:
PC > Atom DAC > Atom AMP > Edifier R1700BT (w/o sub-out)
Generally happy with this arrangement but, I’m missing on low end. I am considering a few options. The easy option, Replace the R1700BT with the R1700BTS (w/sub-out built-in crossover) and pair that up with an Elac 10” powered sub. Job done, right? (@ $315 for this solution)
No, I am also looking at the RB42 or Neumi BS5, and pairing either set with the Elac 10” sub. To do that I would also need a speaker amp preferably with sub out option, built-in cross over or not, probably the SMSL SA300. But, from what I understand with the RB42s being less efficient speakers – the SA300 might not be enough to power them optimally. The Neumi’s are more efficient but they also have a larger foot print on the desk. I Also have a pair of vintage BIC Venturi “v52” that are not much bigger than the Edifiers that I could use. (solution ranges from @ $280 – $475 depending on selections)
Another item I am also probably overthinking is (and I realize that probably this depends a lot on what speaker amp is selected), how would I add the SA300 into my current chain? Or would I use a different chain one for speakers listening and one for HP listening?
Budget: At this time, I am willing to spend @ $500 to sort the desktop speaker situation out.
I would also like to limit the use of my desktop space and keep clutter to a minimum.
Pic of my current desktop, and pic of my computer lab where my desktop is located – for an idea of dimension. Maybe I am asking too much of the Edifiers to give me a full sound – Even though I sit at the desk when using them.